In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Medical Tourism in Guatemala
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
U.S. has the best care?
As an adult, I have been in the
hospital overnight on five occasions for various health issues; Four times in
the USA in different facilities and states, and once now in Guatemala. In three
of those four times in the U.S. I had either poor results or negative outcomes.
Thatís 75 % of my personal experiences with U.S. hospital care which have been
These events have ranged from
little or no follow up from attending doctors once a procedure was completed, to
the incorrect construction of a cast covering a broken wrist, to a four-night
mega-bucks stay complete with a misdiagnosis.
My confidence in the U.S.
system is shaken.
A Guatemalan comparison
Recently I was admitted into
a private hospital in Guatemala City, for major abdominal pain and related
issues. My local doctor in Panajachel recommended that I go to the hospital for
better analysis and treatment of my condition after she examined me twice - once
on a late night house call ($19.00) to my hotel room. Doctora Zulma arranged
transportation and called the hospital ahead of time so that my admission was
expected and things would run smoothly.
Hospital Centro Medico, Guatemala City, Guatemala
After a tortuous 3 hour
twisting mountainous road trip at midnight, I arrived at the Emergency Room
at 3 a.m. Once there the quality of care was top notch and professional.
Due to my condition, a specialist was called in, he examined me and I had
x-rays. On his recommendation, by 5 in the morning I was admitted into a hospital where I stayed two nights.
During this time I saw this internal medicine specialist on six occasions, had
x-ray, a CT scan, several blood draws and was administered intravenous
medications. Doctor Flores spoke English and was very thorough in answering my
every question, explaining his findings and treatment. In the respectful typical
Latin manner, he shook my hand both upon arriving and when leaving my room.
The nurses took time to explain
to me what IV drip they were administering and to make sure I was comfortable.
If I needed something, I asked and my request was quickly fulfilled. During this time, several other doctors came in to check
on me to be sure I was not in pain and asked if I had any questions. Honestly, I felt like I was being taken care of in an upscale
My semi-private room had a flat
screen TV and was Wifi connected, and my room was cleaned two to three
times per day. Fresh towels and hospital garb was given to me daily, my
linens were changed each morning and I was offered a list of choices for
meal periods. Each time someone entered my room,
they called me by name.
Upon being released from
hospital care, my lead doctor Flores gave me both his personal cell
number as well as email address so that I could contact him in 10 days
with an update on my condition.
Hospital room in Centro Medico
Hospitality agents then came in
to work with me on obtaining my medical bill (which I received in one hour),
delivered my lab results, X-rays and CT scan for me to take home, and called a taxi
to take me back to
One agent had me take a survey regarding my care:
on a scale of 0 to 10, how would
I rate my overall
stay? My Doctor? The Nurses? The Radiology
Department? The Attendants, The room cleanliness? The quality of food? I was
also asked for any additional comments.
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Justified or unjustified
We hear many concerns from our
Readers about being sick and having treatment outside the U.S., wondering what
horrors they might face. But based on my personal experiences, my fears are more
about being in the U.S. to receive medical care.
Room cost breakdown
The costs of this
medical adventure were as follows. I translated
them to Dollars.
Room $150.00 (two nights)
Medicines and devices $472.00
Radiology $669.00 (two x-rays and abdominal CT scan)
Extraordinary services $7.00
Hospitality services $19.00
Total Hospital $1,459.00
Updated medical equipment
Total Bill $1,609.00
Conclusion and notes
A quick comparison of prices in
the US showed that the average cost of an abdominal CT scan was $4,700.00 alone.
Same machine, same technology. Do you believe that the one in the states is
seven times better?
Taking a look at Centro
Medicoís website they advertise a friendly environment and human, personal care
and I can vouch for that. The medical attendants shook my hand and the nurses gave me a
hug when I left!
Between the ridiculous expense
and the poor care I received in the States, utilizing medical tourism is a no
brainer for me.
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interviews of both Doctors and Patients,
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